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Exploding Feet, No A/C, Heart Probs/Tests/Appts

Posted Aug 22 2011 3:33pm
Last week it was 103 out, our a/c was dead, and it was 88 in here for a few days. The a/c was dying slowly for 1+ years and it finally went kaput. The kids and DH were cool at school and work, thankfully. Being stuck in this house, there was sweat dripping down my face. Heat makes seizures go haywire as well; one night I bolted awake with my right orbital hollering in pain. I did a face-plant onto my coffee table and smacked surrounding my eye. I wonder if it being 88 in this house had any impact on what's going on with my monster feet (read below). I thought I was turning into the Wicked Witch: I'm melting, melting...

And in other news, for the last few weeks I've been undergoing one test another another trying to determine why my ankles and feet have swelled up something fierce, looking like pigs. They are painful to move, hurt to bear weight upon, and if touched even lightly an indentation is left for ages. My kids have a name for my feet now: grool. It stands for "gross" and "cool" combined. They're kind of like a train wreck. You don't want to look, but can't look away either. My feet are normally very long and skinny, my dad always having said they were so big they could have their own zip code. Most of the time now my ankle bones aren't visible any more. Two of the doctors said to stop taking ibuprofen immediately because it may be part of why they are swollen, and may be why I've been gaining 5-10 pounds a week for the last couple months despite almost no appetite. I never knew that ibuprofen could do that and we halted it in our house right quick.

They are also concerned because my heart rate has been abnormally high at all my visits and I've been short of breath a lot. I had another echocardiogram, and tomorrow go get another Holter monitor put on. It's been awhile. It's the test where you where they put an EKG on you then sling it over your shoulder and you wear it for 24 hours. At the doctor visit for the Holter I'll also have a Venous Insufficiency exam where they'll check to see if the veins in my legs are leaking blood out of them. Tests have already shown I don't have any clots down there so that's good. But it did show my blood flow goes downward to my feet just fine, but then has a hard time going back upward to the lungs. So this test, while supposed to be a bit like the ultrasound/Doppler, instead of looking for DVTs/clots, it will see if any blood is actually seeping out of the veins themselves, which would explain my fat feet etc. On Wednesday I'll go get the Holter monitor off, and when the receptionist told me she needed to schedule me for a treadmill test at the same visit, I started laughing. I told her yeah you do that, good luck with it. Everyone I've told has gotten a laugh out of it.

It's almost 5 a.m. and my Holter and vein test is at 9:30 but I haven't slept any yet so I'm out of here. I'll attach some pictures of my (grool) ugly feet.



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